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Message from Space - The Masters of Cinema Series

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Released: 22nd July 2024. Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) directs an international cast led by Sonny Chiba, Vic Morrow and Etsuko Shihomi in the science fiction spectacle Message from Space - the Toei Company's answer to the barnstorming box-office success that was Star Wars. Somewhere in a far-flung galaxy lies the planet of Jillucia. Once a peaceful utopia, it has now fallen under the control of the Gavanas Empire, a warlike race ruled by the ruthless Emperor Rockseia (Mikio Narita). Desperate for help, the leader of the Jillucian people (Junkichi Orimoto) launches eight Liabe seeds into space - glowing orbs that, according to legend, will each summon a powerful warrior to the planet's aid. The seeds are followed into the void by Princess Emeralida (Shihomi) and loyal Jillucian soldier Urocco (Makoto Sato), who attempt to find the prophesied protectors of their home world: ex-military commander General Garuda (Morrow) and his robot companion Beba-2 (Isamu Shimizu), thrill-seekers Shiro (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Aaron (Philip Casnoff), gambler Jack (Masazumi Okabe), aristocrat Meia (Peggy Lee Brennan) and swordsman Hans (Chiba), who has a deeply personal score to settle with the Gavanas Empire. Boasting a sweeping score and special effects that impress to this day, Message from Space was the most expensive Japanese film ever made at the time of its release - a cosmic fantasy designed to replicate the success of Star Wars while drawing upon Japan's own genre tradition, recalling such films as Battle in Outer Space, Gorath and Fukasaku's own The Green Slime. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Message from Space on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from an immaculate restoration of the original film elements by Toei.

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  • Details

    Released:
    22nd July 2024
    Category:
    Science Fiction
    Studio:
    Eureka
    Format:
    Blu-ray
    Certification:
    Parental Guidance – General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children
    Barcode:
    5060000705362
  • Description

    Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) directs an international cast led by Sonny Chiba, Vic Morrow and Etsuko Shihomi in the science fiction spectacle Message from Space - the Toei Company's answer to the barnstorming box-office success that was Star Wars. Somewhere in a far-flung galaxy lies the planet of Jillucia. Once a peaceful utopia, it has now fallen under the control of the Gavanas Empire, a warlike race ruled by the ruthless Emperor Rockseia (Mikio Narita). Desperate for help, the leader of the Jillucian people (Junkichi Orimoto) launches eight Liabe seeds into space - glowing orbs that, according to legend, will each summon a powerful warrior to the planet's aid. The seeds are followed into the void by Princess Emeralida (Shihomi) and loyal Jillucian soldier Urocco (Makoto Sato), who attempt to find the prophesied protectors of their home world: ex-military commander General Garuda (Morrow) and his robot companion Beba-2 (Isamu Shimizu), thrill-seekers Shiro (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Aaron (Philip Casnoff), gambler Jack (Masazumi Okabe), aristocrat Meia (Peggy Lee Brennan) and swordsman Hans (Chiba), who has a deeply personal score to settle with the Gavanas Empire. Boasting a sweeping score and special effects that impress to this day, Message from Space was the most expensive Japanese film ever made at the time of its release - a cosmic fantasy designed to replicate the success of Star Wars while drawing upon Japan's own genre tradition, recalling such films as Battle in Outer Space, Gorath and Fukasaku's own The Green Slime. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Message from Space on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from an immaculate restoration of the original film elements by Toei.
    Region Code:
    Region B
    Duration:
    105 minutes
    Original Language:
    Japanese
    Extras:
    Language(s): Japanese, English, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Screen ratio 1:1.85, Booklet, Bonus Footage, Commentary: Tom Mes, Documentaries: 'Message from Earth', Image Gallery, Limited edition O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Scott Saslow; Limited edition reversible poster; Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork; Appreciation of the film by Patrick Macias (film writer), Trailers
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